Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (cont.)
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Patients with ARDS may require a prolonged period of rehabilitation for both respiratory problems and muscle weakness. After discharge from the hospital, the person should follow-up with his or her healthcare provider for a lung function assessment.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/30/2014
Eloise M Harman, MD
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Since World War I, it has been recognized that some patients with nonthoracic injuries, severe pancreatitis, massive transfusion, sepsis, and other conditions may develop respiratory distress, diffuse lung infiltrates, and respiratory failure sometimes after a delay of hours to days.